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FOREIGN VIPS TO GRACE DINAGYANG

Thirteen foreign dignitaries have so far confirmed as of Jan. 5 to witness Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2023 tribes dance competition at Freedom Grandstand on Jan. 22.
Mayor Jerry Treñas said the ambassadors’ visit to the metropolis to experience the much-awaited comeback of the country’s best tourism event will help in the city’s economic promotions globally.
Thirteen diplomats will also arrive in the metropolis including:
Her Excellency (H.E.) Xiomara Perez Rodriguez of Embassy and Consulate General of the Republic of Panama;
His Excellency (H.E.) Agus Widjojo of Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia;
H.E. Borhan Uddin of Embassy of Bangladesh;
H.E. Tull Traisorat of Royal Thai Embassy;
H.E. Folakemi Ibidunni Akinleye of Nigerian Embassy;
H.E. Christian Halaas Lyster of Royal Norwegian Embassy;
H.E. Raduta Dana Matache of Embassy of Romania;
H.E. Kazuhiko Koshikawa of Embassy of Japan;
H.E. Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz of Embassy of Poland;
Mr. Peter Laszlo as representative of H.E. Titanilla Toth of Embassy of Hungary;
Ms. P.G.P. Kaushalya, Charge d’ Affaires as representative of H.E. Shobini Gunasekera of Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; and
Chief Consuls Kristofer Graf and Leo Balantac of US Embassy.
Organizer Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI) promises this year’s edition to be brighter, bolder, and grander as the spectacular cultural presentation goes back to the streets after two years of being held virtually due to the pandemic.
The celebration’s theme centers on thanksgiving and devotion to the child Jesus for protection during these trying times.
Major events include Opening Salvo on Jan. 13; Miss Iloilo 2023 on Jan. 18; Dinagyang Food Festival from Jan. 19 to 22; Sto. Niño fluvial procession and Solemn foot procession on Jan. 20; Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan, Sponsors’ Mardi Gras, Grand Religious Sadsad, and Dinagyang ILOmination and Floats Parade of Lights on Jan. 21; and Feast Day of Señor Santo Niño De Cebu Concelebrated High Mass, Dinagyang sa Barangay Tribes Competition, and Dinagyang Awarding Ceremony on Jan. 22.
Dinagyang won back-to-back best tourism festival awards for 2020-2021 given by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP). (Iloilo City PIO)

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